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review 2017-02-22 02:10
Book 4/100: Expecting Better - Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong by Emily Oster
Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong-and What YouReally Need to Know - Emily Oster

Around the Year Reading Challenge #TBD: A book you are embarrassed to read in public

I wasn't actually embarrassed to read this book in public, but I was reading it before I had announced that I was pregnant, so I was keeping the book secret.

Now that I'm no longer keeping a secret (and couldn't if I wanted to if you saw me IRL), I'm happy to talk about this book.

I am not an economist like Oster, but I very much related to her obsession with knowing exact numbers and exact reasons behind different pregnancy outcomes and advice. I've spent countless hours Googling (often in vain) for specific statistics and studies to back up general pregnancy/conception advice. Oster looks at a lot of these studies so you don't have to. I loved the tone of this book, which is empowering in that Oster believes women are capable of weighing the risks themselves and making their own decision rather than blindly following conventional wisdom.

Oster's overall takeaway is that women can be much more permissive during pregnancy than one might believe -- moderate drinking is OK, moderate caffeine is OK, invasive genetic testing is not really that dangerous. While she can back all this up and a lot of women will probably feel freed by her information, I still ended up following pretty much all of the "conventional" wisdom because I am so risk averse that even a small increase in the chances of something going wrong is more than I'm willing to take. But it is nice to know I don't need to stay up all night worrying if I give in to the craving for an occasional coffee or sip of beer.

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review 2017-01-23 20:04
Kids Are Weird - Jeffrey Brown

library copy

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photo 2017-01-21 17:47
Mindful Positive Parenting; Love over Control

Conscious parenting quote about Positive Parenting

Source: www.artof4elements.com/entry/184/positive-parenting
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quote 2017-01-20 08:39
Child's Soul stands at the center of the children growth and development, as an Essence, an Observer, Consciousness coming forth to experience the magic of Life. Be tentative to the Soul’s whispers. Conscious Parenting, Nataša Pantović Nuit.

http://www.artof4elements.com/entry/184/positive-parentingpositive-parenting-child-soul-quote

Source: www.artof4elements.com/entry/184/positive-parenting
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review 2017-01-18 19:57
The Bride Wore Size 12 - Meg Cabot
The Bride Wore Size 12 - Meg Cabot

Heather is getting married, if she can get through this mystery alive AND survive her mother. Weddings are such a great boon to comedy: everything is outsized, everything is heightened, and with amateurs there is always a great deal of room for failure. Actually one of the sweetest stories ever is written by Robert Fulghum in <i>It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It</i>. Amateurs, man. That story is so good I read it to all the brides I've known on their wedding day. Yes, of course, I celebrate special occasions by reading. Everyone always know what I'm going to give them for the holidays, too.

Anyway, Cabot's book is much too long to read to a bride as she gets dressed. It's probably too long to read in just one bath. It does, however, have that mix of screwball comedy and crime which is ideal for distracting a mind from other, more stressful, thoughts. If you're a nervous flyer, for example, this would be good

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